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Fox: Brain-eating amoeba detected in water system in Louisiana

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Brain-eating amoeba infection, naegleriasis. Trophozoite form of the parasite Naegleria fowleri and brain encephalitis caused by amoeba, 3D illustration

Last week, tests by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals at the Sligo Water System tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba.

“The positive test came from the valve where the water system takes in supplemental water from Bossier City. Sligo Water System has stopped using supplemental water from Bossier City Wednesday.

Water system officials are notifying people and businesses from 300 Sligo Road at Bayou Drive to the Orchard subdivision, Lucky Estates, Plantation mobile home park and ending at the Sligo store, 1898 Sligo Road.”1

(From the video below, this isn’t the first time residents in Louisiana have had a problem with brain-eating amoeba in their water system…)

Because of the result, the water system will have a 60-day chlorine burn (when the residual chlorine is maintained at a higher than normal level). So far, no other sites tested have shown contamination.

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